External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on Saturday held “productive discussion” in the fields of trade and economy, defence and security, and exchanged views on regional and global issues during delegation-level talks here.
Swaraj, who is on her first visit to Uzbekistan, was personally received by Uzbek Foreign Minister Kamilov at the airport.
She reached here on the final leg of her three-nation tour after concluding her “result-oriented” visit to Kyrgyzstan during which she held talks with the country’s top leadership to deepen and reinvigorate the bilateral ties across all sectors.
Swaraj and Kamilov led the delegation-level talks and “had productive discussion in the fields of trade and economy, defence and security, pharma, healthcare, IT, agriculture and animal husbandry, tourism and culture,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
The two ministers also exchanged views on regional and global issues, he said.
Swaraj will also interact with the Indian community and offer tribute at Lal Bahadur Shastri memorial.
“In Tashkent, Uzbekistan - EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives to a personal welcome by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on her first visit to the country. Apart from meeting political leadership, EAM will interact with Indian community & offer tribute at Lal Bahadur Shastri memorial,” Kumar said in a tweet.
The meeting between Swaraj and Kamilov is the third one between them this year.
Kumar said in another tweet, “3rd meeting with the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan this year! EAM @SushmaSwaraj welcomed by Uzbek Foreign Minister Kamilov ahead of the delegation-level talks. India and Uzbekistan are strategic partners with strong historical and cultural linkages.”
The minister is on a three-nation tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as part of India’s efforts to boost strategic partnership with the resource-rich Central Asian nations.